Spinal Tumor Treatment: Radiofrequency Ablation

Ablation is the treatment of tissue at sites within the body using heat or extreme cold. Heat-based ablation is performed using radiofrequency (RF) energy and is known as radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Cryoablation refers to ablation that uses extreme cold to freeze and destroy affected tissue.
RFA techniques are commonly used to treat tumors and various conditions in the heart, lungs, kidneys, breast, liver, and other sites throughout the body. In many parts of the body, including the spine, RF ablation procedures can often be performed using only sedation and local anesthesia.

How is ablation used to treat a metastatic spinal tumor?

RF energy is delivered directly into the metastatic spinal tumor to heat and destroy the tumor cells. Your physician may also recommend post-operative radiation treatment to destroy remaining cancerous cells within the vertebrae.